The winners of the ninth British Academy Games Awards have been announced, with Journey coming away as the night's biggest winner.
At a ceremony hosted at the London Hilton, and presented by TV presenter Dara Ó Briain, Journey by thatgamecompany netted several awards including Game Design, Artistic Achievement and Best Online Multiplayer. The Walking Dead was also honoured by the British Academy, scooping up awards for Best Story and Best Mobile game.
However, the biggest award of the night, Best Game, went to Dishonored, which was widely nominated, but did not take the award in any other categories.
Best Performer was a hotly anticipated award and was taken home by Danny Wallace. Best Story was another contested category, with Dishonored, The Walking Dead and psychadelic shooter Far Cry 3 all up for the prize. Presented by Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett, the award eventually went to The Walking Dead.
These were the ninth British Academy Games Awards since being formed by Bafta in 2003. They were the first version of the ceremony to feature an award for Best British Game, which went to mobile hit The Room.
Other big prizes of the night included the award for Game Innovation, which was taken by The Unfinished Swan and the award for Artistic Achievement, which went to Journey. Journey took Best Online Multiplayer and the Walking Dead was awarded Best Mobile and Handheld game.
Journey and The Unfinished Swan were also honoured, taking Best Audio Achievement and Best Debut Game respectively.
The ceremony was attended by several high profile names from the game industry, including Ian Livingstone CBE, Eidos life president and founder of retail chain Games Workshop, and Alex Hutchinson, director of Assassin's Creed III.
Several game-loving celebrities were also in attendance, such as comedian Ed Byrne, and Jonathan Ross, who spoke at a games-orientated discussion panel at Bafta in January, 2013, and recently opened his own development studio, Hotsauce Interactive.
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell was also at the Baftas, accepting the prestigious Bafta Fellowship for his longstanding contributions to the videogame industry. Newell, who developed the enormously popular Half-Life series of games, as well as the pioneering digital distribution platfrom Steam, said: "On behalf of everyone at Valve, and all the gamers that have been with us the last few years, thank you very much."
A full list of the evening's winners is below:
- Best Game: Dishonored
- Best British Game: The Room
- Best Debut Game: The Unfinished Swan
- Award for Best Action: Far Cry 3
- Award for Game Innovation: The Unfinished Swan
- Artistic Achievement Award: Journey
- Best Mobile and Handheld Game: The Walking Dead
- Award for Audio Achievement: Journey
- Best Online Browser Game: Songpop
- Best Online Multiplayer Game: Journey
- Bafta Ones to Watch Award: Starcrossed
- Best Original Music: Journey
- Best Performer: Danny Wallace
- Best Sports/Fitness Game: New Star Soccer
- Best Story: The Walking Dead
- Best Family Game: LEGO Batman 2
- Award for Game Design: Journey
- Best Strategy Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
- Bafta Fellowship: Gabe Newell
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